A level of care which requires the training and skills and 24 hour-a-day supervision of a Registered Nurse, is prescribed by a doctor, and which may not be provided by less skilled or less intensive care.
Skilled Care may be defined differently by Medicare than by insurance companies. Medicare will generally pay for Skilled Care only for limited periods of time, when such care is expected to improve the medical condition of the patient, and when it is delivered in a Participating Skilled Nursing Facility. Medicare will not pay for such care when no medical improvement is expected, as is the case in many Chronic Conditions.
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This section of ElderWeb is a comprehensive overview of how our long term care system has evolved by examining the events and decisions that changed the way that we have provided and paid for the care of our elderly over the years.
Be sure to look at the narratives and illustrations in the Appendix. Many photos and documents come from the wonderful Library of Congress American Memories collection. There are also graphs, tables, and charts of data like changes in life expectancy and long term care utilization.
The reality, says expert Andrew Carle, is completely different from the perception. Carle, director of the Program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University and a consultant on aging issues, coined the term “Nana Technology” for innovations that not only help our aging population, but actually can save their lives.
Carle was in Minnesota in June to give a talk to Aging Services of Minnesota in Brooklyn Center on “Nana Technology: Is There A Robot In Your Future?”